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  • How to Teach Your Preschoolers the Safe Way to Use Public Toilets

    Doing these simple things will help protect them from germs.
How to Teach Your Preschoolers the Safe Way to Use Public Toilets
  • Just the thought of using public toilets in schools, malls, restaurants, and gas stations can bring out the control freak in most moms. Did you know that E. coli and gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus can contaminate toilets for weeks even if they have been sanitized?

    Shigella bacteria can also be easily passed on to people, especially those who always forget to wash their hands after using the toilet. These viruses can cause diarrhea, stomach distress, and vomiting.

    Make sure your kids are safe from these viruses and bacteria when they use public bathrooms. Take note of these simple self-hygiene tasks, so you can teach them to your kids:


    Don't sit on the toilet bowl.

    Your child might not immediately feel comfortable about going to the public bathroom. Use a flushable seat cover like Sanicare Disposable Toilet Seat Cover to create a protective barrier against germs.

    A pack of five is not too bulky, so keep one in your bag and another one in your child's backpack.


    Be careful what you touch.

    Not all public toilets have an automatic toilet flush or button, automatic soap dispensers, and automatic faucets. Use tissue such as Sanicare Multi-Purpose Tissue Handypack on potentially germ-laden surfaces when you open the bathroom door, touch the flush handle, or turn on the faucet. 

    Sanicare Multi-Purpose Tissue Handypack is made of 100% virgin pulp and can fit right in your pocket—perfect for emergency bathroom trips.


    Do not bring toys or food into the bathroom.

    Children love to cling to their favorite toy or food, but it should never come with them inside the toilet. Just ask someone else to hold it first or put it in your kid's bag to avoid any contamination.


    Wash and dry your hands.

    Rinsing for a few seconds under running water might not be enough to get rid of germs. Make sure you teach your child proper handwashing—use soap and water, rub for at least 20 seconds, rinse, and dry with a paper towel.


    Use a hand sanitizer after going to the bathroom.

    If the toilet has no soap and water, use a hand sanitizer. Have a small bottle of Sanicare Clean Hands Foaming Sanitizer inside your bag at all times but just make sure your child doesn't accidentally ingest the sanitizer.

    In any case, it's still best to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as they are available.


    Sanicare essentials can help you take care of your child's toilet needs minus the hassle. Sanicare Multi-Purpose Tissue Handypack (SRP P6.50) is available in all major supermarkets. Sanicare Disposable Toilet Seat Cover (SRP P28/envelope) is available at Puregold, SM, Robinson's, and Lazada. Sanicare Clean Hands Foaming Sanitizer (SRP P99) is available at Puregold, Rustan's, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, and Familymart. Check out their website here.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Sanicare.